Frederick Douglass 's Narrative Of The Life Of Fredrick Douglass

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Racism did not exist due to African ethnicities simply being born into a race that was naturally inferior to whites. This white supremacy was an image created by slave owners, yet accepted throughout most of America. This prejudice image was painted by the assumptions that Blacks were unintelligent, incapable, weak, and lacked human qualities such as the ability to love. However, this is far from the truth; this was not a naturally occurring concept. Instead, this image was molded so that the cruel and inhumane actions of slave owners could be justified. As it can be observed in Fredrick Douglass’s autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, these prejudices held no truth; time and time again they were disproven. Yet, whites took advantage of the prejudice and power, and forced slaves to fit this mold. Slavery was a detriment to society, blacks were stripped of their identity and whites of their humanity.
A letter from Wendell Phillips precedes Douglass’s narrative. This could be analyzed in multiple ways. On one hand, he should be appreciative of the high praise because it influences other readers to take a look at his narrative. However, it also allows his work to be bordered by whites, suggesting his work is incapable of standing alone. Even though he has the ability to publish this autobiography, it begins with Phillips’s letter as if it has to vouch for Douglass’s worthiness and credibility. The stereotypical slave would not have been able to write like…

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